Sale Hospital will celebrate 150 years this Saturday

SALE Hospital will celebrate 150 years this Saturday, with numerous activities, including a gala ball.

People will be able to see inside areas of Sale hospital they have never seen before and discover interesting history facts at the same time.

The tours of the hospital, the adjoining linen service and the old nurses’ home (now the community services building) will be a highlight of a community open day to celebrate the hospital’s 150th anniversary.

A special history tour will include the archive collection in the library and VMO room, and a visit to the Maclachlan ward building and chest unit.

The celebration will also be a ‘back-to’ for many former staff and patients, who will have plenty of opportunities to catch up during the day and later in the evening at the gala ball.

There will be a ‘welcome to country’ and smoking ceremony featuring local Gunai Kurnai community member Jodie Douthat, which will begin the program at 11am in the hospital grounds.

After the official opening, there will be a tour of the history collection at 11.20am; a performance by the Sale College Band at noon; a tour of the Community Services Building (former nurses’ home) at noon; a tour of the old and new linen service at 12.30pm; a tour of medical imaging at 1pm; the Sale City Band at 1.15pm; and tours of the medical ward, cardiology, critical care and the community rehabilitation centre at 1.30pm.

Displays will be presented by Ambulance Victoria, the CGH Bike Ride, Friends of CGH, hospital departments and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. 

Maternal and child health will have a display in the conference room to celebrate its 95th anniversary and the dialysis unit will mark its 21st year with a display in the hospital foyer.

A history pod has been compiled by with Margot Medew and Ann Synan, so people are being encouraged to take along stories and memorabilia to share.

There will be an opportunity to listen to oral history stories, presented and recorded by Gerard Callinan of Gippsland Oral History especially for the milestone event.

The Lions Club will run a sausage sizzle and there will be lots of refreshments and merchandise to mark the milestone available.

Festivities will finish at 2pm.

On Saturday night a gala ball will be held in Garnsey Hall at Gippsland Grammar’s senior campus from 6.30pm. 

The police band Code One will perform live, and there will be a three-course meal provided with take-your-own drinks.

Tickets are $65 per person, with tables of 10, and can be bought from Simone Kell in CGH executive suite on 5143 8660, or email

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